The direct medical cost of diabetes reached $91.8 billion in 2002, more than double the 1997 cost of $44 billion, and with lost productivity included, the disease represented a $132 billion expenditure for the U.S. in 2002, according to the American Diabetes Association. In addition, nearly 6 million people are believed to have diabetes but have not been diagnosed, and costs associated with their condition are not included. Diabetes' direct medical costs in 2002 included some $23.2 billion for diabetes care, $24.6 billion for chronic diabetes-related conditions, and $44.1 billion for excess prevalence of general medical conditions, the diabetes association said. People with diabetes incur medical expenses about 2.4 times higher than others, after adjustments for age, sex and ethnicity, the association said. An estimated 17 million people have diabetes nationwide. -- by Julie Piotrowski
Direct cost of diabetes doubled since 1997: study
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